Thursday, January 19, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dunlop Lake Snowmobile Trail, January 16th, 2017

commentary and photos by Astrid
A lovely sunny day for a stroll along the Dunlop Lake Snowmobile Trail!  Gayle led a group of thirteen from the boat launch along the trail, looping back to the Lodge.  We tried to make it to Evans Lake, but snow conditions didn’t allow us to get too far without snowshoes.  We headed back to the boat launch where we enjoyed lunch.  Thanks Gayle!  PHOTOS

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Mississagi Park, January 14th, 2017

commentary and photos by Astrid
It doesn’t get much better than this!  Snowshoeing heaven at Mississagi Park today as sixteen hikers broke trail from the highway into the park and along the upper arm of the Semiwite Creek Trail to the amphitheatre.  The wind held off until we returned to the cars, pleased with ourselves that we made it back up that hill yet again.    PHOTOS

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Beaver Mountain, January 12th, 2017

commentary and photos by Nickie
Eleven hikers accepted Grant's challenge to hike Beaver Mountain today. The trail hadn't been broken yet so it took some effort to reach the summit. We were all very pleased with ourselves when we did get to the top and everyone enjoyed the beautiful scenery and a leisurely snack.  PHOTOS

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Angel and Crystal Lakes, January 10th 2017

commentary by Gayle R.
Despite the snowfall and prediction of freezing rain 17 diehards snow shoed on the trail behind Frame Crescent along Angel and Crystal lakes. We are true northerners and proud of it. Thank You to all that could make it

***** Notice from Denison Environmental *****

From Astrid;

We have received the following email from Denison Environmental;

We would like to arrange for the annual orientation of your members. Last year’s orientation expires on January 25th so if we can arrange a convenient time for the majority of your members to attend, that would be great. We are reasonably flexible with timing so let us know what would work best for you. It is especially important for hike leaders to attend, or those that tend to visit the mine site trails more frequently. We also have copies of our latest newsletter set aside for both the Coureurs de Bois and the Penokean Hills Field Naturalist groups. These can be picked up when you attend the orientation, or you can stop in and get them when you are in the area.

We can discuss suitable dates at the General Meeting next week, Tuesday the 17th. Since we're never going to have a date that works for everyone, we'll pick one or two that work for the majority.  Then I can finalize the arrangement with Denison.


Monday, January 09, 2017

*****Hikerchick dinner*****

The next Hikerchick dinner will be on Friday January 20 at 5:00. It will be at the Fireside. The reservation hasn't been made until I have an idea of numbers. Please let Shelley know by Wednesday January 18. 705-848-0831.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Banana Lake, January 7th, 2017

commentary by Phill, photos by Linda
Despite a -15 day, Sat. 7th. Jan., it was clear and sunny with little or no wind. Perfect snowshoeing weather for a trek into Banana Lake for 8 of us. A machine had been in for the first part of the trail, although the track was well covered by newer snow. From the start of the wooded portion we had to break trail to the lake. With 8 it was no problem. We had our lunch on the lookout and returned from there. PHOTOS

Friday, January 06, 2017

Sherriff Creek, January 5th, 2017

commentary and photos by Emily
We had 8 snowshoers for our Jan. 5 hike.  We went to Sherriff Creek.  We stayed on the yellow trail and the blue trail.  Got some words of thanks from some walkers.  They said we were making the trail a lot easier to walk without snowshoes! We all left that conversation stomping a little taller in our snowshoes!.  We found enough space to sit down for lunch on the C de B trail along Horne Lake.  Only critters we saw were 6  dogs that needed some petting!  We obliged.  There were mice tracks, snowshoe hare tracks and signs of squirrels. PHOTOS

*****minutes from November 15th meeting*****

COUREURS DE BOIS

General Meeting November 15, 2016

Members present – 20

Astrid opening meeting at 7 pm

Minutes of previous meeting of September 20, 2016 accepted by Gerry R and seconded by Emily W

Presidents Report

The logo Hike Ontario is to be named on the sign up sheets and will be distributed when available

A thankyou to all who helped with the highway cleanup on October 26

Mississagi Park is now accessible after being closed due to a bear situation
It is still advised to call the city before going into the park for club hikes

Vice Presidents Report

George had nothing to report

Trail Masters Report

The following trails have been cleared: High Rocks trail, Banana Lake trail, Jackrabbit trail, part of the golf course trail, Rainbow Ridge trail.

Once again a reminder when going on mine property....Call one or two days ahead to get permission. Phone # 705-848-9191 Ext. 221

Secretary-Treasurer Report

Donna reported all incoming and outgoing transactions and bank balance since the last meeting of September 20, 2016


Membership stands at about 91

Motion to approve the report by Marty T and seconded by Gerry R, all in favor

Old Business

Gerry R will put the word out that our club trailer is for sale

Gerry J will be doing a Hike Leaders course in May if enough are available. This may include a First Nation group ( PALS)

Sheila H will again be organizing our Christmas party of December 8

New Business

A copy of The Memorandum of Understanding handed out was discussed on the floor. This will again be discussed at the January 2017 general meeting.

The Winterfest Snowshoe Hike will be the first weekend in March and sign up sheets for volunteers will be available at January 2017 general meeting. It will be organized by George H and Ron T

George H gave us an update of the status of the Algoma Paddlers at this time

Upcoming Events

December 8- annual Christmas party at Moose Centre

January 17, 2017 – General meeting a the clubhouse at 7 pm

February 21, 2017 – Hike leaders meeting at clubhouse at 2:30 pm

Guest Speaker

Janet Lowe from Denison Mines Environmental is new to town and wanted to attend our meeting to see first hand how we operate and introduce herself

Some tips that we may keep in mind when hiking on mine property is : do not hike when snowplowing is going on; do not park near yellow gates; no dogs

Motion to adjourn meeting at 8 pm was made by Marty T and seconded by Lori G

Minutes of Meeting prepared by Donna Condon